During the debate over the so-called fiscal cliff and how politicians in Washington are hoping to avert the cliff and instead just steer the economy toward its continuing downward slope, there has been a plethora of rhetoric spewing from both sides of the debate. But yesterday Barack Obama took the honor for most irrelevant and most heartless rhetoric when he invoked the tragedies of Superstorm Sandy and the Sandy Hook elementary school killings to try to shame Republicans into caving to his proposals.
After being asked one question about the fiscal cliff proceedings, Obama responded by suggesting compromise would be needed and then added, “And when you think about what we've gone through over the last couple of months -- a devastating hurricane and now one of the worst tragedies in our memory -- we have -- the country deserves folks to be willing to compromise on behalf of the greater good and not tangle themselves up in a whole bunch of ideological positions that don't make much sense.”
After a couple of other questions later Obama continued down the same line of thought as the comments above by stating, “But -- goodness, if this past week has done anything, it should just give us some perspective. I mean, if there's one thing we should have after this week, it should be a sense of perspective about what's important. And you know, I would like to think that members of that caucus would say to themselves: You know what? We disagree with the president on a whole bunch of things. We wish the other guy had won. We're going to fight him on a whole range of issues over the next four years. We think his philosophy is all screwed up. But right now what the country needs is for us to compromise, get a deficit reduction deal in place, make sure middle-class taxes don't go up, make sure that we're laying the foundations for growth, give certainty to businesses large and small, not put ourselves through some sort of self-inflicted crisis every six months, allow ourselves time to focus on things like preventing the tragedy in Newtown from happening again…”
So there it is – Obama wants Republicans to cave in to his proposals because it will be “good for the children.” Somehow by raising taxes on ‘millionaires and billionaires’ there will be no more mass murders in America, and apparently no more hurricanes either. And of course raising revenues by an estimated $80 billion per year is also somehow going to cause deficits exceeding $1 trillion per year to not seem like a major issue anymore (not that they ever have been a major issue to Obama).
Now maybe Obama was just channeling the members of the Westboro Baptist Church or his mentor and friend, the racist reverend Jeremiah Wright, by suggesting that the hurricanes and mass murders are just signs that “America’s chickens are coming home to roost”, as Wright infamously stated about the 9/11 terror attacks. Perhaps Obama should have gone one step further and stated that “God Hates Intransigence!” (or “Allah Hates Intransigence” if that suits him better).
What is clear, though, is that not only does Obama have no heart but he also clearly has no shame. No caring person would ever invoke the deaths of 27 people, including 20 children, and the mass destruction and deaths caused by a devastating superstorm as a means to bludgeon his opponents into submission to his policies. Do not be fooled by the crocodile tears that Obama has displayed in the past week. He is nothing more than a heartless man who will never let the deaths of innocent adults and children, the mass destruction of major population centers of the country or any other tragedy go to waste.